A pleasant and wonderful surprise.

A couple days ago when texting with our son he asked if we would be home today and he would stop by.  Ron worked last night so he would catch a few hours sleep so he could also visit with James when he got here.  It was nice when the boy moved out making his own way in the world, but we do miss him.  He works so many shifts and crosses shifts to work any time they need him.   It is hard on him and hard to plan anything so our visits are fewer than we would like.   But it is expensive for young people these days and give the boy all the credit he is doing well for someone his age in today’s expensive world.   I am really proud of him and the way he has turned out, the man he has become.   After a few hours visiting he asked if he could take us out for lunch.   We agreed to go to lunch but told him we would pick up the tab.   We were his age once and know how hard it was for us then.   So we all went out to eat.   James took us to a pizza place we have never been to before and it was grand.  It was really nice with unusual decor and artisan menu.   It was a grand time and an older couple in the booth behind us with their grand child stopped to talk with us.   The woman said I looked very failure to her and wondered where we may have met.   I get this occasionally from my days working in the Surgical ICU at HealthPark Hospital.    I explained to her I had worked there in the 5th floor ICU, and sometimes helped out in other ICU units.  She started to smile broadly and laughed.  She had worked on the 6th floor.   She and I had left the hospital about the same time but she remembered me.   Seems I had gone up and helped them out a few times and she remembered that.   She had to come to the ICU a few times and remembered how ( in her words ) kind and nice I had been.  It is nice to be remembered.    James , Ron, and I all shared a bunch of appetizers and a large pizza.     We talked to him about him and his girlfriend would like to go to Busch Gardens with us as we often went to the theme parks when he lived with us.   We told him we would pick up the tickets as his birthday present.   He was excited and would work out a date with us.   He offered to drive, which I thought was wonderful as at our age a day walking around a theme park in the Florida heat is very tiring.   James was worried about me being able to do it and remarked we should look into a scooter for me.   Smarty pants I scolded him, but I was pleased he realized the difficulties and was thinking ahead.  James did react quickly when the bill came taking it from the server before I could reach it.   Ron tried to tell him we would be more than happy to get the bill, but James was firm, it was his wish and he wanted to do it.   As he had the bill in his hands we gave in.  I was in a lot of pain by the time we left, my back was wrecked and when I went to stand up I couldn’t get my legs to push me upright.   Ron helped me up.   I could see James was worried.   So we are home, Ron has gone to bed, both cats were waiting for us when we got home and Milo is sacked out on my desk.   I found the PBS video of the impeachment trail and have it set up to see what I missed.   Yes I know I just am addicted to knew but this is a historical event.  I will now look at the comments I love that came in while I was gone.   Be well everyone.   Hugs

3 thoughts on “A pleasant and wonderful surprise.

    • Scottie January 16, 2020 / 18:47

      Hello bereavedandbeingasingleparent. As much as I worry about us older people I worry even more about those trying to start out on their own these days. I have often compared the comparative wealth I had in my early 20’s compared to people the same age today. Then I was making about 40 grand + a year. To day that would be about 80 grand+. Yet young people are working jobs that only pay from minimum wage to at most 15 dollars an hour, which if far below 80 grand. Back then I had a new home, new fully loaded truck, a motorcycle and money left over for luxuries. When James went to rent his first apartment he had his girlfriend and they had to have a third person to make the money to pay the rent. My first rental was a two story home 3 bedroom home with a basement and an attic for about $550 a month. My home mortgage when I bought my home was only $334 a month. There is no way to do that today. It is wrong. Hugs

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      • bereavedandbeingasingleparent January 17, 2020 / 15:13

        Unless you are one of the 1% then kids are going to struggle. The worry is that unless our countries political classes change then it’s going to get worse. The likes of Trump and Johnson aren’t going to give one dam about the kids. The principle is staggering. ‘We don’t give a fig about the next generation and buy the way we are going to leave you with a burnt out planet.

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